With only a week to go until pre-season training begins, David Ginola has issued a warning to Mike Ashley.

The former Newcastle star says that the club’s owner has to back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market, or else it will open the door to Premier League rivals to take the players NUFC need if they are to succeed this coming season.

David Ginola says that ‘You can’t just stand there and watch’ and you have to give the Manager a chance to compete.

Newcastle fans still feel very lucky to have landed such a quality boss as Rafa Benitez and Ginola says that when you have somebody of Rafa’s calibre, it is even more important that you give him every bit of help to be successful.

Supporters have seen so many wasted chances over the years and even just under Mike Ashley, big money has only tended to be spent when relegation has threatened.

Only around £4m was spent in summer 2010 when Newcastle were last promoted, then after the breakthrough season of finishing fifth in 2011/12, Ashley failed to build on that, only allowing Vurnon Anita to be bought that summer.

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In contrast, five signings were made in January 2013 when relegation looked very possible, then the two windows in the 2015/16 season saw major spending to try and get Newcastle out of a hole they’d dug themselves, Mike Ashley having stockpiled cash over a number of windows and allowing the squad to get into such a weak state.

Newcastle now have real momentum under Rafa Benitez though and as David Ginola says, the time to act is now, rather than just standing and watching.

Only days now until Newcastle play their first pre-season friendly at Hearts, with a training camp abroad likely to be organised before that game.

David Ginola speaking to Talksport:

“You need to provide a manager like Rafa Benitez with all the amenities to help him to be successful in the Premier League.

“Just give him the possibility and the chance (to compete).

“The fans are so happy to be back in the Premier League and they need to see the club a little bit more involved (in transfer market].

“You can’t just stand there and watch.

“Players will go around and sign for clubs and all of a sudden it is too late.”

  • Leazes Ender

    Swansea have just said their aim is a European place.

    • Geordie-7676


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        • Geordie-7676

          Well that right there is a perfect example of a complete and apparent intentional misinterpretation of football related news:

          “I have had half a season, I know the players and staff really well. I am familiar with the club and city as a whole, so we are not at zero. I have an advantage now.

          “But we need to build and get better, build on what we have done.

          “Twenty-six points in half a season is impressive, do that over a season and you bang on the door of Europe.”

          At no point does he say that is Swansea’s target.

          • Leazes Ender

            Didn’t you read the headline

            ‘Swansea will land Abraham ahead of Newcastle – and as Rafa grows frustrated, Clement targets Europe’

          • Geordie-7676

            I certainly did read the headline. Didn’t you read the article?

            As someone who likes to slate the Chronicle at every opportunity you get, i thought you would be the first person to look past a misleading headline and read between the actual lines.

          • Leazes Ender

            Ten years of Ashley and the only goal he’s set is tenth and now clubs like Swansea have shown some ambition.

            It makes you think….

            but obviously not you

          • Geordie-7676

            OK, you lost me…….HOW have Swansea shown any ambition through these comments?

            Clement has basically said that if you can get 26 points in half a season, then double that and bang, your in Europe…..which they wouldn’t be if we look at last season as the points required marker.

          • Leazes Ender

            They have set a target whereas we don’t…. that is the first step.

            I cant see Rafa saying tenth is our goal.

          • Geordie-7676

            No target has been set in that statement.

            But no, your right, Rafa would not say that. Only he knows what our actual target is for the season and future.

          • Leazes Ender

            Well they have haven’t they….Europe is a viable target for the ‘also rans’, just as a promotion place is sometimes achievable by clubs who you wouldn’t expect to be there.

            Rafa needs to tell the fans we need Europe at this club as a goal but most of all he needs to get through to a regime who don’t want European football at all.

          • Geordie-7676

            I repeat, and direct you back up to the actual Clement statement. He did NOT say that is a target, what he has said is if you get enough points it is possible. How very insightful of him.

            I would agree with what you said about Rafa, it would be good for him to come out and state an actual target, but everybody associated to the club, fan through to playing staff has to take a dose of the ‘Realistic’ pill, and accept that this season coming, anything over 13th place would be a huge success.

            Its not beyond the realms of possibility to achieve higher, i’m not saying we can’t, but i have been supporting this club long enough to know when to remain grounded.

          • Leazes Ender

            Well I think you have to have a goal and if you simply say survival then you lose out on momentum, the club ends up as we have over the last ten years drifting and sinking with predictable monotony.

            A fresh start with ambition is vastly overdue and a minimum target of Europe which is achievable with some leadership and direction.

            We have Rafa…. use him or lose him.

          • Geordie-7676

            Totally agree with you on that one. I personally believe that our fresh start began 18 months ago when Rafa walked through the door.

            I am also of the belief that Europe IS our target now; Under Rafa i am certain it would be nothing less. But it takes time.

          • Leazes Ender

            I think if you are aiming for tenth you may as well target Europe….why not? Use Rafa, use the momentum.

          • Geordie-7676

            You don’t have to convince me that Europe should be our minimum goal…..this club has the fan base, infrastructure (Even the ‘dated’ current training ground is better than a lot of clubs) and pulling power to attract the type of playing staff we would need to get there (It isn’t as good as it used to be but that is a temporary paralysis hopefully).

            I don’t think that we as fans should be looking at Europe this year as a realistic goal, but certainly a good push towards, so that this season can act as a springboard to the 2018/19 season.

          • Damon Horner

            Quite frankly considering McClaren’s last target I’ll not be too upset if we don’t have a public target this year!

          • Albert Stubbins

            the chron knows f-all about Newcastle and now suddenly theyve got their finger on the pulse in south wales- your kidding right?

          • Alex

            But, there’s a clear implication. Carry on where they left off and they’d be close.

          • Geordie-7676

            They finished 28 points off European spots. I don’t understand how that could possibly be the case?

          • Leazes Ender

            He implied they were starting to get it right….. you need a target which is meaningful not tenth.

          • Geordie-7676

            Agreed. And as a newly promoted club, our target for this coming season should be survival and consolidation, nothing more, nothing less.

          • Leazes Ender

            ‘Newly promoted club’…. you sound like the prem is some sort of distant exotic place we know nothing about!

          • Geordie-7676

            Not at all, but we have to be realistic don’t we?

            Don’t you keep telling us that our squad is not good enough for the Premiership?

            Don’t you also keep telling us that there is zero chance of Ashley spending the money that has been touted?

            If all your premonitions prove to be true, then wouldn’t survival and consolidation actually be a success?

            The only way for us to aim higher is for the squad to be good enough, and the money to be spent.

            So which one is it?

            We all know what we WANT to happen, but do you seriously think we are going to spend what would be needed to achieve higher than tenth this coming season?

          • Leazes Ender

            You dont give Michael Caine a glass of whisky you give him the whole bloody bottle….. we have Rafa and he is Jack Carter.

          • Geordie-7676

            Best keep him away from the beach then eh!

          • Albert Stubbins

            and high rise buildings- leazes ender to chuck Ashley over the concrete wall- probably struggle to lift him up- bad back apparently.

          • Rich Lawson

            Leazes to Ashley”Your a big man,but your out of condition ”

          • Albert Stubbins

            ha ha very good Rich.

  • Alex

    All recent NUFC managers have serious difficulties getting players over that line. It can’t always be the fault of these varied managers, there must be a common denominator somewhere. Now, let me think…………………….

    • Leazes Ender

      Charnley…..is there a prize?

      • Alex

        Would tea and biscuits served by the last Newcastle captain to win a major trophy suit you?

        • Leazes Ender

          I’ve met him, I had champagne

          • Rich Lawson

            You sure it wasn’t Carver ?

  • Malcolm Fisher

    Another transfer window and another case of sitting on the fence by Charnly,Ashley’s new boy at the club and Ashley…..whats new,same old story…

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    I persuade myself to remain patient for signings to be unveiled in July (in the new financial year). However, intuitively I get the feeling my hopes & aspirations for the club I’ve followed for over 40 years is about to continue with its systemic abuse of the fans. I hope I’m bloody wrong or I predict a riot!